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The Visual Studio IDE is a creative launching pad that you can use to edit, debug, and build code, and then publish an app. Over and above the standard editor and debugger that most IDEs provide, Visual Studio includes compilers, code completion tools, graphical designers, and many more features to enhance the software development process.

Join us November 8th for the launch of Visual Studio 2022, where you’ll learn about what’s new, hear tips and tricks, participate in the live Q&As and be the first to take the latest version for a spin. Here’s a brief look at what you can expect:

 

Visual Studio 2022 is 64-bit

Visual Studio 2022 will be a 64-bit application, meaning you can open, edit, run, and debug even the biggest and most complex solutions without running out of memory. We’re also working on making your workflow faster and more efficient, from loading solutions to F5 debugging.

 

Designing for everyone

The user interface is being refreshed to better keep you in your flow. Some of the changes are subtle cosmetic touches that modernise the UI or reduce crowding. Overall, the aim is to reduce complexity and decrease cognitive load so that you can focus and stay in the zone. There will also be new usability options, including updated icons, Cascadia Code support and integration with Accessibility Insights.

 

Developing with Azure

Visual Studio 2022 will make it quick and easy to build modern, cloud-based applications with Azure. Included is a good supply of repositories that describe common patterns used in today’s apps, all made up of opinionated code showing these patterns in action, infrastructure-as-code assets to provision the Azure resources, and pre-built GitHub workflows and actions setting you up with a complete CI/CD solution when you first create a project.

 

Developing with .NET

Visual Studio 2022 will have full support for .NET 6 and its unified framework for web, client, and mobile apps for both Windows and Mac developers. That includes the .NET Multi-platform App UI for cross-platform client apps on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. You can also use ASP.NET Blazor to write desktop apps via .NET MAUI.

 

Developing with C++

Visual Studio 2022 includes robust support for the C++ workload with new productivity features, C++20 tooling, and IntelliSense. New C++20 language features will simplify managing large codebases and improved diagnostics will make the tough problems easier to debug with templates and concepts.

 

Diagnostics and debugging

Visual Studio 2022 includes performance improvements in the core debugger, with additional features like flame charts in the profiler for better spotting the hot paths, dependent breakpoints for more precise debugging, and integrated decompilation experiences which will allow you to step through code you don’t have locally.

 

Real-time collaboration

Live Share opens new opportunities for collaborating with others, exchanging ideas, pair programming, and reviewing code. In Visual Studio 2022, Live Share will introduce integrated text chat so that you can have quick conversations about your code without any context switches. You’ll can even schedule recurring sessions that reuse the same link, simplifying collaboration with your frequent contacts.

 

Asynchronous collaboration

Visual Studio 2022 will include powerful new support for Git and GitHub. You’ll notice a lot of built-in logic and checkpoints to guide you efficiently through the merge and review process, anticipating feedback from your colleagues that could slow things down.

 

Improved code search

Code search is an integral part of the software development lifecycle. Developers use code search for lots of reasons: learning from others, sharing code, assessing the impact of changes while refactoring, investigating issues, or reviewing changes. You will also be able to search outside your loaded scope, to find what you’re looking for no matter what code base or repo it’s located in.

 

Refreshing Visual Studio for Mac

Our goal with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience you’ve come to love in Visual Studio. We’re working to move Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which means it will come with better performance and reliability. It also means that Visual Studio for Mac can take full advantage of all the built-in macOS accessibility features.

 

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